December 2013 Church & State | AU Bulletin

Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/ ­Washington) has proposed legislation that would force the state’s public schools to display “In God We Trust” posters in classrooms.

Janice Rael, vice president of Americans United’s Del­a­ware Valley Chapter, expressed concerns about the proposal.

“The last time I checked, God was religious,” Rael told Fox News. “The government should be neutral, and with this legislation the government is not neutral; the government is taking a position.” 

Saccone insists that his bill is not intended to promote religion but rather American history.

“It’s displaying our national motto,” the legislator said. “So they can have Harry Potter on the walls, zombies and witches on brooms but not the national motto?”

The proposal has passed out of committee and now awaits a vote by the full state House of Representatives.

Saccone, a devout Baptist, also sponsored a “day of prayer” resolution earlier this year.